Run Windows 11 on Chromebook

Here is a quick guide on how to run the new Windows 11 on a Chromebook. At the time of this article, Windows 11 only exists as a leaked ISO . So I will leave it up to you to search the web and find that ISO.

To do this, you will need to have a Chromebook with Linux support .

Step 1: Enable Linux Beta

Enable Linux beta. Make sure to allocate at least 28 GB of space for the container.

Afterwords, reboot your chromebook.

Step 2: Transfer ISO to Linux files directory

When you enabled Linux Beta in step one, it automatically created a Linux files directory for you. Transfer the Windows 11 ISO to the root of that directory (or anywhere inside of that directory).

Copy to Linux file’s directory

Step 3: Install KVM

Open up thr Linux terminal app and install KVM. We will use this to create a virtual machine to run Windows 11.

sudo apt install qemu-kvm libvirt-clients libvirt-daemon-system bridge-utils virtinst libvirt-daemon virt-manager -y

Step 4: Create Virtual Machine

After KVM installs, you should see an app inside of your Chrome OS app drawer (inside of the Linux apps folder) called Virtual Machine. Launch that application. From there, create a virtual machine using the ISO that you downloaded in Step 2. Remember to allocate at least 23 GB disk space for Windows to install. I used 4GB of RAM since my Chromebook has 8GB available.

Step 5: Run Windows 11 on Chromebook

From this point, you should be inside of the Windows 11 setup. Continue to setup Windows like you would on any other device. Once you’re done, you will officially have Windows 11 running on your Chromebook. Like I mentioned in the video, this isn’t perfect. It’s slow and there are some weird occasional bugs that cause it to crash, but still something cool to experiment with.